A 26-year-old Holt County woman was arrested on suspicion of felony assault, first-degree kidnapping and armed criminal action following a hostage situation Tuesday on Interstate 29.
Jessica L. Koontz, of Craig, Missouri, was taken to the Atchison County Jail on a 24-hour hold after the incident, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrest report. She has not been formally charged.
Troopers responded Tuesday afternoon to reports that a woman threatened a trucker with a flare gun inside his own tractor-trailer. The driver had stopped to assist the woman and a 6-year-old girl after a slide-off accident.
The trucker drove about 25 miles north into Atchison County until the patrol and other law enforcement agencies were able to stop the vehicle.